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“I think a victory against Oldham might be enough as it would put breathing space between us and the bottom." Coventry City's Jim O'Brien

11 April 2015

The Sky Blues captain is looking forward to Tuesday and was happy to score the winner to claim "an important three points"...

Coventry City captain Jim O’Brien is hoping that one more win will secure the Sky Blues’ League One status.


The Sky Blues were 1-0 winners over Colchester at the Ricoh Arena and the skipper got the only goal of the game in the first-half.


City missed plenty of chances to add to their tally but still secured the three points which leaves them in 16th place and three points above the drop-zone.


As a result, O’Brien is hopeful that a victory over Oldham on Tuesday night will be enough to stave off the threat of relegation and leave the Sky Blues looking up rather than down.


“It was a really important win today,” O’Brien said.


“We knew what they were about and the best way to beat them was a cut back, we worked on that in our pre-match and it was great to see the plan work on the pitch.


“We played really well in the first-half, there was one team in it and we made it a little bit difficult for ourselves and we ran out of steam a little bit. But we gave them chances and should’ve scored 

more, so that’s disappointing but we’re delighted with an important three points.


“I think a victory against Oldham might be enough as it would put breathing space in between us and a few teams below us with the games running out. We’ll put the game-plan into action tomorrow and Monday and hopefully work towards another massive three points.”


O’Brien’s winner was a great finish as he found the net whilst off-balance from Chris Stokes’ pull-back.


That leaves the skipper on seven goals for the season although his first goal for the club was dubiously awarded as a Bobb Harris own-goal against Sheffield United back in August.


O’Brien is adamant he has seven goals but hopes that his winning strike can help the side turn the corner of a recent slump at home and stand them in good stead in the crucial four games remaining.


He continued: “I’m definitely on seven! People try to take goals away from me! It’s nice to be up there and nice to get a goal but we probably could’ve been 3-0 up.


“We just know it’s important to get a bit of home form going particularly at this late stage. If you can’t win games at home you’re going to be struggling but we need to make this a difficult place for 

teams to come and hopefully we’ve turned a corner.”


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